London Art College Competition 2013 – LAST DAY!!

LAST DAY –  enter today – your last chance!!!

The London Art College 2013 competition is now open!

The competition is open to all current London art college students and those who have completed since September 2012. Students may enter ONE drawing or painting that they have completed in any medium. (sorry no photography). Students can email their submission to with the following details

Name, Address, Telephone number, Student number, Course, Title and Medium of piece. Please title your email Art Competition.

The winner will receive £200 in Amazon tokens, the runner up will receive £50

Deadline September 30th 2013

If you have any questions regarding the competition, please don’t hesitate to email us at


Graphic Design student artwork…..

Vanessa Weaver, tutor for the Graphic Design Art Diploma course, emailed her student Carlenes artwork along with accompanying text which Carlene submitted with her work. Vanessa felt that other students would be really interested to read it on the college blog.

The first image below shows the creation of a logo. Vanessa said ‘It’s important to show the hand drawn version of the work, as it stipulates in the course syllabus that this is how it should be done, however I’m more than happy to show how it has translated across into electronic format.”

We hope you enjoy reading and viewing Carlenes artwork.



Gayle Mason – The New Pet Portraits Diploma Tutor

We are pleased to announce the new Pet Portraits Diploma course tutor Gayle Mason! We would all like to give a big hearty welcome to the London Art College!

Gayle is a professional artists who not only accepts commissions but also teaches, demonstrates materials at events around the UK and writes for major UK magazines. A snippet of Gayles most recent article can be seen on the website Painters-Online >> It has been taken from this months Leisure Painter magazine, for which Gayle is a regular contributor.

Gayle lives in Yorkshire with her husband, grown-up sons and several rough collies. Find out more about Gayle on our tutor page Gayle Mason >>
You can visit Gayle’s own website
Also read her blog at



Graphic Design student artwork

Tutor Vanessa Weaver has sent us two pieces of wonderful artwork for our blog. The artwork has been completed by Ruth who is currently studying with Vanessa on the Graphic Design Art Diploma. Vanessa has commented on her pieces which you can read below.
…..”I love the quirky response to the brief to design a character for Equal Opportunities. Ruth really challenged herself to come up with a concept that would be unusual, avoiding clichés and aiming to inject humour. I think she has achieved this in creating a dynamic representation of Emmeline Pankhurst as a roller derby girl…..
The second piece is Ruth’s response to an illustration brief for a travel poster. This idea is based upon travel posters from the 1930s and captures the bold graphic style of this era.

Colour Awareness Piece…

We have a lovely student currently studying our Colour Awareness course who has created the montage below. I felt it was so colourful and the composition was very well designed, that it was worthy of being showcased on the college blog. Congratulations to this student for a lovely, well thought out montage.

The Colour Awareness Course is a great course, it teaches you about colour and experimenting with colour, which is perfect for artists who want to brush up on their colour mixing skills and their awareness of colour. Its also ideal for anyone who creates…for instance if you are interested in interior design and want to learn which colours would work best with other colours when designing areas in your home. Perhaps you are a crafter, knitter, quilter etc. creating your own pieces. Being aware of colour is useful for everyone who creates!


Row, Row Row your boat story….

Gabrielle emailed me to ask if we could add her artwork to our gallery. We are always delighted to hear from our students and happy to add artwork to our student gallery at any time. Having viewed Gabrielle’s images, I emailed back encouraging Gabrielle to enter into this years London Art College Competition – only one month left – and also asked if she would like to write a little piece about one of her illustrations for our blog. She has very kindly agreed and I hope that everyone enjoys reading and viewing Gabrielle’s artwork below.


I wanted to tell a story as much as i could with this illustration so it flows from day and night as you look from left to right across the spread, suggesting that time of the day… bed time!! It represents a child all safe and comfortable at home in bed with her cat curled up at the end, and drifting off to sleep entering dream land. The sheep jumping over the fence suggests this, as the idea goes when you “count sheep” to fall asleep. And as the sheep are jumping over the fence and into dream land, so simultaneously is the little girl.


What i love and get inspired about is that children get incredibly intrigued and excited by simple things in nature that adults often walk past and take for granted. So, I wanted to have some of these things that she might have discovered during the day before on the farm that would have fascinated her. Animals such as frogs, caterpillars, owls or fish, and have them turn into dream like characters. The medium I used for this assignment is acrylic paints.

I am an artist from New Zealand. I have been drawing and painting all my life, and have been a professional artist for the passed 10 years having experience in many different art projects. My main focus is my oil paintings that i sell as limited edition prints in exhibitions and markets.
I have always dreamed of branching out into the market of childrens book and book cover illustration! This course has taken me this direction, finding my feet again in style and imagination that appeals to children. I am thoroughly enjoying the new adventure!


Distinction student…

This is a wonderful piece of artwork that was created by Annemarie, a student who has just gained a distinction on our Illustrating children’s Book Diploma course with Maggy Roberts. What a happy spider to have found his forever home! I have added a detail of the artwork and the full illustration below. We wish Annemarie the best of luck in her future illustrating career!